Summer Reading

Good morning everyone!

Check out my guest post over on circuit training over at Meg’s site Sunshine ‘n Spice! She and her blog are basically awesome 🙂 and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to write something for her!


Some info about me and reading books (fiction). Oh, and don’t judge me for anything I say mmkay? Thanks.

*We love each other. Period. Actually, I don’t know if it loves me back, but a girl can dream :).

*I have a NOOK and it’s dangerous because the books are cheaper. And therefore I buy more. And my bank account still gets smaller. Oh well, totally worth it.

*I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. When I was learning to read, The Boxcar Children were books that I loved- does anyone else remember those? I think they started this love affair.

*I used to get made fun of for reading so much. Seriously, in middle school someone actually told me that I was weird because of it. Not gonna lie, that kind of hurt and for a long time I never admitted my love for reading. Now, I will gladly shout from the rooftops how much of a nerd I am and how much I enjoy it :).

*I can read a book in a day or two- and that doesn’t mean it’s short. Well, I have to like the book in order for this to happen, duh. I read really fast. I have to get to the end. I must know what happens. This means that I sometimes ignore the people around me because I want to finish…sorry! I finished the final Harry Potter book in two days. I think my mom cried tears of joy when I was done because that meant I would finally start speaking to her on vacay. And, then I started another book ;). Whoops. The one downside about reading at a lightning speed- I don’t always remember everything. Oh well, all the more brain space for new words to occupy!

*I have glasses for reading. I got them in 4th grade, and apparently I was super excited about getting them. And, get this, I picked glasses that had math symbols along the side (seriously Lindsay?). Told you, I’m a nerd. But, not gonna lie, I still love that I have glasses…that love may disappear if I ever have to wear them permanently, but for now I like looking intelligent when I wear them.

*I think the main reason that I love to read is because I love escaping into another world for a while. I connect with the characters and I feel for them. I get sad when a book or series ends because I feel like I’ve lost an acquaintance, or at least a source of entertainment. I cry more reading books than I do watching movies. For me, reading is a true passion and I’m thankful that it’s something I will always be able to do :).

A book recommendation:

So, I just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I LOVED it! The only thing that wasn’t completely satisfied with was the ending. I felt like it just stopped…maybe there is going to be another book? I don’t know. However, despite that, I seriously would recommend it to anyone! I don’t want to give anything away so here is the description from the author’s website:


Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.


All three of these characters are awesome and each one has a completely different story- yet they are all intertwined. You get a bit of everything in this book- happiness, love, sadness, anger, frustration, pity, disbelief, humor, etc. The writing was superb. It was never difficult to understand what was happening, yet each character was given their own authentic voice. This novel really makes you think but it never once feels like you’re reading it for school. Seriously, go buy it or pick it up at the library. You won’t regret it!

Summer Reading List

Now that I’ve finished The Help, and I will be done with my summer class on Wednesday I need to start thinking about the books I’m going to be reading this summer! Here are some I already have in mind-

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler


In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there’s only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

It’s the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis of book 1:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews


Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction….

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she’s made over the past decade of her life. Julia—whose caustic wit covers up her wounds—has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can’t hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life.  And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world…though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.

Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he’s hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he’s ever cared about.

Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity.  Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce CameronSynopsis:

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?


That’s the list for now…I’m sure more will be added soon :).

Do you enjoy reading?? What are your favorite books?

What books are on your summer reading list?

About In Sweetness and In Health

I'm Lindsay! I'm a 23 year-old graduate student in occupational therapy. I love all things health and fitness related and this blog will document my life as I learn to really love myself, try to stop worrying so much about my body, and truly take advantage of all the sweet things that life offers us.

Posted on June 26, 2011, in About Me, Books, Guest Post, Reading. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. I love reading and I just devour books. I’m actually about halfway through The Help right now, and really loving it so far. Everyone seems to talk about the ending, so I’m really eager to see how it closes.

    I’ve read The Hunger Games trilogy and thought it was really good. I’m sure you’ll love it 😀

  2. indecisiveathlete

    I have just found my love for reading this past year. I used to mainly read 1 maybe 2 books in the summer time. I’ve read 6 books since January that is def a lot for me haha. My sister is just like you in her love for reading so in a way I def understand your love for it 🙂
    The Help sounds so good! I will have to put that on my list of books to read. I’m also planning to start reading The Hunger games series since its going to be a movie and my sister is in it. My fav author is Jodi Picoult have you ever read anything by her?

  3. Hi Lindsay! Just found your blog via Meg’s and wanted to say hi! 🙂 I love reading as well and I also devour books at lightning pace. I remember as a child my mum used to think I was lying about finishing books so quickly so she used to test me from random pages! 😀 I’d like to think she has more faith now! 😀

  4. Everyone has been talking about the Help! I will definitely be reading that one soon for sure. I just finished up Something Borrowed and it was great. Can’t wait to dive into another one!

  5. I started out my love of reading with the boxcar children, Nancy drew and the hardy boys! I loved mysteries as a kid and still to this day 🙂 I just finished the help as well I loved it but the ending left me wanting more! The hunger games books are really good! I read those while on my trip to Peru!

  6. I stumbled upon your blog, from another blog, from another, etc. that I read. Not only is this the first time I’ve read your blog (but I am so excited that I did and will continue) I was so excited to read this post. My name is Lindsay and I love reading as much as you do. I also read just as fast, maybe it is all in the name. I felt compelled to share this with you. Happy reading!!!

  7. Oh goodness, The Hunger Games is totally the PERFECT summer reading trilogy! I’m currently reading Ascend, the third (final) book of the Trylle series (I think) and am already wishing that I hadn’t read the Hunger Games JUST so I could read them again.

    Getting a kindle has re-kindled (hardy har har) my love of reading from yesteryear (I’ll take your geeky math glasses and raise you personalized book plates). Very dangerous for the bank account, especially with how easy it is to get the newest books! Addiction, thy name is speed reading.

  8. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE HELP TO COME OUT AS A MOVIE! I read it last summer and absolutely fell in love with the characters. I have also been reading Emily Giffin’s novels which are great, light summer reading. I also just finished the fifth installment of the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series! AMAZING! 🙂

  9. Totally love “The Help” and I can’t wait for the movie 🙂

  10. Love the book info! I have a Nook color, & I LOVE it too. They are awesome 😀
    My favorite books right now are any by Emily Giffin. Love her. She is such a good author.
    The next book I’m planning to download is The Help…I have been hearing so many good things about it.

  11. i always get made fun of for reading! not my fault i’m an avid reader, sometimes books can be the best of friends. nooks are ever so dangerous (but great, especially when reading outdoors), but did you know you can rent library books on them? saves a bunch of money that way 🙂

    i just finished the help and absolutely loved it! the movie doesn’t look half bad either, though you never can tell. some of my favorite books are the glass castle, the wind-up bird chronicle, the girl who played with fire, the memory keeper’s daughter, and oh the places you’ll go! next up to read: TrueFaced by john lynch, then she’s come undone.

  12. Reading is my escape too! I love getting lost in a different world. Every summer I used to buy a whole stack of books from Borders (now they’re collecting dust in my basement!) because I had to have brand new books. Now I’m a huge fan of Amazon and I try to buy used books as much as I can.

    My fave books growing up were the Sweet Valley High/Twins books! I absolutely loved those!! I’m also a HUGE Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Piccoult fan. Now though, I’ve moved away from fiction and have found some great reads in non-fiction books about nutrition, food, and exercise.

  13. I loved The Help. I read the book on the beach in Mexico back in Feb and couldn’t put it down. I am so so excited for the movie to come out

  14. lillyandpearls

    Ahhh I got made fun of in middle school for how much I read too! And I can read a book in a day.. if I love it which stinks because if I love it I want it to last longer!!!
    Great recommendations!!!

  15. I too LOVE reading! I may be a nerd but nothing compares to the descriptive stories of a good author in a book! I did not like The Help as much as every one else seems to but my most recent favs: LOne Survivor and Devil in the White City

  16. Great post! I have been looking for some good books. Summer Rental looks really good to me! 🙂 so glad to have come across your blog!- Angie Venetos

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